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Google Cloud's Open Source Partnership Program: 5 Things To Know

Google Cloud has introduced a partnership program that will make other developers of popular open source technologies first-class citizens in its cloud ecosystem.

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The First Seven

The seven inaugural ISVs participating in Google's open source partnerships program all offer solutions at the forefront of their categories.

They are Confluent, an event streaming platform from the founders of the Kafka project; MongoDB, a leading NoSQL document-oriented database; Elastic, a search technology popular with developers; Neo4j, a popular database for graphical analysis and data visualization; Redis Labs, an in-memory managed database; InfluxData, a leading time series database; and DataStax, a data management system built on Cassandra.

That all the ISVs included in the launch of Google's open source program offer data-oriented technologies is no accident, said Evan Kaplan, CEO of InfluxData.

"You start with the notion that data has gravity," Kaplan said.

For Google, getting the leading open source data vendors to run their cloud services on its platform enhances the opportunity to add value to customers with in-house technologies like machine learning, analytics and data cleansing.

And Thomas Kurian (pictured), the new Google Cloud CEO, understands this intuitively from his prior experiences at Oracle, Kaplan said.

"To me, it feels like a very sound strategy," Kaplan said. "Open source increasingly in the database world dominates. To get the open source folks to run their services on Google Cloud creates a longer-term competitive advantage."

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